New normal arrives in Valencia

Coronavirus situation in Valencia

 

 

Since 21 June, there is free movement between the member states of the EU. Borders with Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China are also opened.

Travellers arriving in Spain do not have to be quarantined.

 

Security measures for entry into Spain


If you are preparing a trip to Valencia by plane from abroad, it is compulsory to fill in this Health Control Form which can be accessed from the page spth.gob.es or by downloading the app on your mobile phone from the same page. The Spanish airports have incorporated three security filters for passengers: temperature, in a very efficient and high rigour process; a documentary control, based on the responsible declarations with health information that allows the traceability or the follow up of the person; and also a visual control.

To ensure that all these procedures are carried out in complete safety, the Foreign Health support staff has been strengthened.

 

A negative CRP test is mandatory

From 23 November, Spain will require international and national travellers from high-risk countries to present a negative CRP test within 72 hours before their arrival in Spain. 

This measure comes on top of the health checks already carried out on all international passengers at points of entry. It maintains temperature control and visual checks.

From now on, the health check form that each passenger will have to fill in before entering Spain will include a question on whether he or she has undergone a CRP test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival in Spain. The passenger may be asked to provide proof of the result of the test at any time. The document must be the original, written in Spanish or English and may be presented in paper or electronic form.

If the form has not been completed online using the QR code on www.spth.gob.es or generated with the App Spain Travel Health-SpTH, the form may also be presented on paper before boarding the aircraft. In this case the original negative test result must be attached to the form.

Passengers found to be possibly infected with Covid-19 after temperature, visual or documentary checks must undergo a diagnostic test at the airport upon arrival in Spain.

Risk countries

For the designation of risk areas or states that are obliged to carry out a CRP test, the criteria of the EU Recommendation 2020/1475 of 13 October on a coordinated approach to restrictions on the free movement of persons in response to the Covid 19 pandemic will be used as a reference in the case of European Union and Schengen countries. Puedes ver la lista de países de riesgo aquí. See risk areas here. 

For third countries, the number of people infected with Covid-19 per 100,000 population in 14 days, supplemented by the number provided for in the International Health Regulations based on information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Travel agencies, tour operators and air or sea transport companies, as well as all other service providers marketing travel tickets, must inform passengers that a CRP test with a negative result is required for entry in Spain.

FAQ about mandatory negative PCR

 

 

Limitations on flights from UK, Brazil and South Africa

Until 2nd March, flights and passenger ships arriving from the United Kingdom are limited to Spanish nationals or Andorran nationals and residents of Spain or Andorra. Furthermore, flights between Brazil and South Africa and Spanish airports are limited to Spanish nationals or residents of Spain or Andorra. For more information on this measure click here. 

Compulsory use of protective mask

Those over six years of age must wear a face mask at all times on public roads, in open-air spaces and in enclosed spaces for public use or open to the public.

Wearing a mask is obligatory while doing exercise or playing sport in urban areas and in open air spaces, from 10:00 to 19:00.

Wearing a mask is not obligatory in the following situations:

a) While doing exercise or any other activity outside populated areas and wearing them is therefore incompatible.

b) For leisure activities aimed at children and teenagers as long as they are with their support bubble.

Persons with respiratory difficulties or health, dependency or disability reasons that make their use unfeasible are exempted from this obligation. 

Correct use of the mask

Remember that the mask should preferably be hygienic or surgical and should cover from the nasal septum to the chin included. The use of a mask with an exhalation valve is not permitted, except in the professional field in which this type of mask may be recommended.

Nightly movements

A curfew will be in operation from 10 pm to 6 am . Excluded from this rule are professional activities, health needs, care of persons or force majeure.

 

Border closures in the Valencia region

The entry and exit of persons from the territory of the region of Valencia is restricted, except for duly justified journeys for one of the following reasons

a) Visit to health centres, services and facilities.

b) Fulfilment of obligations relating to labour law, professional, business, institutional or legal matters.

c) Attending universities, teaching and training centres, including nursery schools.

d) Return to the place of habitual residence or to the place where the family resides.

e) Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependent, disabled or particularly vulnerable persons.

f) Travel to financial and insurance companies or petrol stations in neighbouring areas.

g) Necessary or urgent action before public or judicial authorities or notaries.

h) Renewal of permits and official documents and other administrative procedures that cannot be postponed.

i) Conducting official examinations or tests which cannot be postponed.

f) For reasons of force majeure or necessity.

k) Any other activity of a similar nature which is duly accredited.                       

 

This restriction does not apply to international entries via ports and airports in the Region of Valencia as the Spanish Autonomous Communities are not able to close or limit the Schengen area. Once inside the Community of Valencia, the traveller will be restricted from leaving the Community by land, just like other people, except for the reasons described above.    

With regard to land transport, the border closure of the Valencia region, and of any other regions, does not affect foreigners who need to cross other regions to reach their final destination in Spain or who leave this region to return their place of origin.

Foreigners are strongly recommended to have a confirmed hotel booking or proof that they are travelling to their own property. In any case, once they reach their destination, they must comply with all the travel and other restrictions in force in the place where they are staying and in the Valencia region.

 

Confinement of certain municipalities at weekends


In addition to the perimeter confinement, from 15.00 hours on Friday until 06.00 hours on Monday, and from 15.00 hours on the eve of public holidays until 15.00 hours on the day following the public holiday, the entry and exit of people from the municipalities of the municipalities and groups of municipalities with a population of more than 50. 000 people (Alicante, Alcoy, Benidorm, Castellón, Elda-Petrer, Elche, Gandia, Orihuela, Paterna, Sagunto, Torrent, Torrevieja, San Vicente del Raspeig, Valencia and Vila-real) with the same exceptions as for entry into and exit from the Comunitat Valenciana.

 

Social gatherings

Meeting up with groups of people in public spaces, whether enclosed or in the open air, is dependent on the maximum number of two people not being exceeded, except in the case of people living together, and without prejudice to the exceptions provided for.

In private homes and spaces, indoors and outdoors alike, only family gatherings and social gatherings between people belonging to the same support bubble or household are permitted, without prejudice to the exceptions provided for.

Exceptions

a) Non-professional activities related to upbringing and care, such as looking after and accompanying minors, elderly people, people in situations of dependency, those with functional diversity or people in particularly vulnerable situations.

b) Children moving between the homes of parents who do not live together. c) All types of foster care for minors.

d) Gatherings between people who are married or in a relationship who do not live together.

e) People living alone, who may form part of another single support bubble, thus forming an extended support bubble. Each extended support bubble may only include one person that lives alone. Furthermore, the person living alone may only be part of an extended support bubble for however long the measure is in force.

The limitations in this section do not include work activities, institutional activities, transport activities and activities carried out in educational establishments providing the education set forth in Article 3 of the Organic Law on Education, including university education, or those activities for which specific measures are set forth in the applicable regulations.

         

Public Transport

All seats can be used now. 

On buses, you cannot pay in cash (only voucher or Valencia Tourist Card only).

Remember that the use of the mask is compulsory on all public transport.

 

Places of worship

Seats in places of worship are limited to a maximum of 30% of the temple´s capacity, provided that safety measures are observed.

 

Stores

Until 28th February, shops and commercial premises will be closed from 18:00 onwards, except for food shops, shops selling hygiene products, pharmacies, orthopaedic shops, opticians, hairdressing services and veterinary surgeries.

The maximum capacity is 30% in commercial premises (also in shopping centres and their communal areas).

Bingo halls, casinos, amusement arcades and bookmakers will remain closed. Saunas, spas, solariums, Turkish baths, health resorts and massage parlours etc. will also remain closed. 

 

Bars, cafes and restaurants

They will remain closed until the 28th February.

The hotel and catering services at hotel establishments and tourist accommodation will be open for guests only. Furthermore, restaurants and bars in service stations or nearby establishments which regularly serve haulers, staff employed in essential services of any kind, including road maintenance and upkeep services, will remain open. They will all have to restrict service to the bar and keep capacity to one third of their maximum capacity.

Food deliveries or takeaways

Many restaurants are still offering home delivery or takeaway services by pre-ordering during their normal opening hours. So, if you would like to continue enjoying Valencian cuisine at home, check out all the options the city has to offer here.

Take-away or take-away food

Many restaurants continue to offer takeaway or delivery service by appointment during their normal opening hours. So if you want to continue enjoying Valencian gastronomy at home, check out all the options the city has to offer here.

 

Cinemas and music rooms

They can already open with 50% of their capacity and pre-assigned seats. 

 

Nightlife

Discos, dance clubs, cocktail and karaoke bars are temporarily closed.

 

Museums and monuments are open

Most of the city's museums are already open at 50% of their capacity. Visitor groups are limited to 6 people.

Check our online agenda to find out about the exhibitions and the security measures for each one.

 

Shows

For cultural activities and outdoor performances, the maximum capacity is 50% of the approved capacity. The measures necessary to maintain a safe distance between persons or, if this is not possible, the application of alternative physical protection measures must be laid down. The use of masks is compulsory, even if the safety distance of 1.5 metres between persons is maintained (except in the case of groups of persons living together who may sit in adjacent seats). The public must remain seated and pre-allocated seats must be provided.

 

 

 

Live chat to solve your doubts

Our tourist information offices will remain open until 18:00 . From 15:00 on Fridays, and during the weekend, only the Plaza del Ayuntamiento tourist information office will be open to the public. 

Our tourist information staff are also available via live chat to answer any questions you may have concerning your visit to Valencia, from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays, from 10:00 to 14:00.  

 

Consult the latest information related to COVID-19 from official organisations:

 

Valencia city council

Special information about the coronavirus

 

National authorities

Coronavirus self-diagnosis

Ministry of Health. New coronavirus disease, COVID-19

Secretariat of State for Tourism. Information for travellers.

 

Regional Authorities

Consellería de Sanitat (Health Dept. of Regional Government) Coronavirus

 

 

International organizations

 

World Health Organization

 

World Tourism Organization

 

If during your stay in Valencia you show symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat or chest pain, and difficulty in breathing, please

  • Stay calm
  • Do not leave your room or apartment
  • Contact your accommodation staff by phone, or call 112 or 900 300 555